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WASHINGTON, March 30 (Itar-Tass) - The White House said on Saturday that it takes North Korea's latest threats seriously while cautioning that Pyongyang has a long history of bellicose rhetoric.
"We've seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies," said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council.
"But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today's announcement follows that familiar pattern," she said.
The spokeswoman recalled the words of Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel who said the United States is fully ready and capable to defend itself and its allies.